This week we started the process of revealing the QM Scrap Squad’s versions of Linkin‘ Logs from the Sept/Oct ’11 issue of Quiltmaker.
You may have gathered that the quilt name Linkin’ Logs is a play on words with the popular children’s wooden playsets called Lincoln Logs.
I have always thought Lincoln Logs had something to do with Abe Lincoln.
I remember reading this book over and over during grade school and I’m certain if I could see it again, there would be a reference to a log cabin as part of Lincoln’s early life.
As I researched the history of Lincoln Logs, however, it turns out they were probably named after someone else.
Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright, a son of the most famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright’s given name at birth was Frank Lincoln Wright, but he took the middle name Lloyd later in life. (Why he might have done so is a very long story; Lloyd was a family name on his mother’s side.)
John Lloyd Wright was inspired to create the toys by his father’s design for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which featured interlocking beams in its foundation, and it seems that John named his log toysets after his father. It was a fascinating discovery to learn that Lincoln Logs have more to do with a famous family of architects than with the President most closely associated with the U.S. Civil War.
Next week on Quilty Pleasures, another Linkin’ Logs quilt by QM’s Scrap Squad will be revealed. Stay tuned!
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See Linda Ferguson’s pretty pink version of Linkin’ Logs.